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News from the W-FL BOCES Board to your Board!

News from the W-FL BOCES Board to your School Board!

Even though the temperature has been in the 60’s and 70’s, autumn and the beginning of a new school year really are here! Looking over the latest issue of Board-to-Board , it’s hard not to be excited about new beginnings. One of the major messages that comes through to me is the wide range of opportunities available for our students. Many of the offerings, like the new Farm to Table Sustainable Agriculture Academy, highlight jobs available in our own back yard.

Meeting the employer needs of our region is a key principle behind many of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs we offer. As some of you know, we have a CTE Committee that very carefully reviews our offerings, especially at the time when a program is due for state recertification. The committee includes area employers who welcome students from BOCES at their places of business. Doing well as a student and demonstrating those skills that every employer looks for (being prompt, being inquisitive, being a good team member, asking good questions, and profiting from constructive criticism) can help a student get a job right after graduation with opportunities for further training and advancement.

An interesting fact: some of our instructors were once BOCES students themselves. After working in industry, they have returned to share their experience and expertise with a new generation of learners. They know first-hand what a BOCES education can mean in our highly competitive work environment. And they are dedicating themselves to fostering success in every student.

When you have a chance, visit a center just as Senator Helming did just a short time ago. We need advocates like her and like you!

O.J. Sahler, BOCES Board President

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The Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Education:

From left to right, seated in front row: Terrie Meyn, Lynn Gay,

O.J. Sahler (Board President) and Nancy Scher.

From left to right, standing in back row: Joseph McNamara, Anne Morgan, Jeanne Durfee, Philip Rose and Michael Ellis (Board Vice President).

Finger Lakes Works...With Their Hands!

On October 5, 2017 The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board hosted their 12th annual “Finger Lakes Works...With Their Hands” event at Rodman, Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls. This annual event is a skilled trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration day offering students in grades 9 to 12 an opportunity to interact with area businesses, skilled labor professionals, trade schools and colleges.

This year, over 50 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations provided hands-on demonstrations and activities for students including welding, pole climbing, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, bricklaying, electrical wiring, and hands-on operation of heavy equipment.

Finger Lakes Works…With Their Hands is a great opportunity for area students to experience a wide variety of future jobs and career pathways available throughout the region. For more information on “Finger Lakes Works With Their Hands” and additional opportunities in the area visit

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Jerry Butler (FLTCC Conservation Instructor) and Tyler Graham (Bloomfield CSD) enjoyed showing Senator Pam Helming how the saw mill works.

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Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Board of Education members shared a conversation with students from Midlakes Education Center and their School Counselor, Jason Dingman, about their experience at Finger Lakes Works…With Their Hands.

School Board Recognition Week

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a proclamation declaring October 23-27, 2017 as School Board Recognition Week in the Empire State. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members throughout our region. Area school districts and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES benefit daily from School Board Members’ service and dedication to student success. “Thank You!” to all our Component School Board members and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Board members for their continued support, enthusiasm and commitment.

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Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center Open House

Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center (FLTCC) hosted their annual open house on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The annual open house provided an opportunity for FLTCC students and staff to showcase the variety of programs and opportunities offered at the technical and career center. During the event, students showcased their programs and demonstrated new skills they’ve learned to their families and community members.

Farm To Table Sustainable Agriculture Academy program student, Annaleigh DeBoover (Phelps-Clifton CSD), stated “I really enjoyed showing my parents around the campus and answering their questions about my program. It was a great opportunity for them to see what I do every day at FLTCC”.

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Cody Hoyt (Canandaigua Academy CSD) and Jeff Daley (Automotive Tech Instructor) showed Cody’s Father around the shop.

Licensed Practical Nursing Graduation Ceremony

The Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Practical Nursing Program celebrated the completion of 87 adult students on Thursday, August 24, 2017. During the ceremony, three student speakers spoke about their experiences, graduates received their nursing pin and diplomas, and special awards were presented. Throughout the celebration, students were honored and recognized by their families, program instructors, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Administrators and Board of Education Members.

Congratulations to all graduating students!

Through classroom and clinical instruction, students in the Practical Nursing program are provided nursing knowledge and skills needed for licensure eligibility. For more information about the W-FL BOCES Practical Nursing Program, visit

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Our New Website!

On September 1, 2017, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES launched their new website! The new website provides an interactive platform, with user-friendly navigation and easily accessible information, while being mobile friendly. Through the new site, our goal is to promote a culture of innovation, and support effective communication with all of our stakeholders while providing important organizational information.

We encourage you to visit our new website at and share your feedback!

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